ANNA Cardwell’s ex-husband Michael is the best person to get custody of both of her daughters, Mama June Shannon’s former brother-in-law has claimed.
Lee “Uncle Poodle” Thompson, the brother of June’s ex-husband Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, spoke exclusively with The U.S. Sun about the legal battle over Anna’s oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, now that the reality star has died from stage 4 adrenal cancer.
Anna tragically left behind Kaitlyn, 11, and her younger daughter Kylee, 8, whom she shared with Michael.
Lee accused June of filing for emergency custody of Kaitlyn – whose father has never been officially confirmed – only for “personal gain.”
“I’ve seen the videos June has posted asking if fans want to send gifts to the girls, and some fans have lashed out at her,” he said.
“I’m sure Anna wanted Michael to have the kids,” Lee stated.
“Michael is the best person to have the two girls.
“I know Michael, he’s a good guy, and that’s where the kids need to be.”
The last time Lee saw Anna, he said, was in March of this year.
Unfortunately, he said they didn’t discuss any of her end-of-life plans.
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As The U.S. Sun has exclusively revealed, June and Michael are both battling in a Georgia court for permanent custody of Kaitlyn.
In legal documents exclusively revealed by The U.S. Sun, June petitioned a Georgia judge on Monday, asking for permanent sole legal and physical custody of Kaitlyn after Anna’s death on December 9.
In the papers, June, 44, who was awarded emergency guardianship of her granddaughter on December 15, argued that she is the best person to continue to care for Kaitlyn, 11, moving forward.
“Since the mother’s passing, child has remained in the care, custody and control of Petitioner,” the reality star said in the filing.
“Petitioner previously had temporary guardianship of the child. More recently, approximately one month before passing, the mother and child began residing with Petitioner.”
June went on to argue that she is “not aware of any interested parties other than herself that would have standing to seek custody of the child.”
Despite Michael filing for custody of Kaitlyn on Sunday in his own suit against June, the family matriarch continues her petition as if she was unaware of his filing.
June continued in the papers: “Petitioner is not aware of any other actions involving custody of the child pending in this or any other state,” the reality star said in her filing.
MICHAEL’S CASE FOR CUSTODY
Michael filed his lawsuit against June on December 17, arguing he should be awarded custody of Anna’s oldest daughter.
Michael argued in the documents he has “fully and completely undertaken a permanent, unequivocal, committed, and responsible parental role” in Kaitlyn’s life.
He said he has “engaged in consistent caretaking of the child and established a bonded and dependent relationship with the child,” which he said was fostered by Anna, despite Kaitlyn not being his biological daughter.
In his pleading to the court, Michael said that after he and Anna divorced, his regular visitation schedule with Kylee also included time with Kaitlyn.
He stated in his filing that he has an “independent relationship with the child, which was fostered and supported by a parent of the child.
Michael also called out Anna’s tenuous relationship with her mother June.
“Anna has been raised by her maternal grandmother in Griffin, Georgia since she was approximately eight years old and only returned to the home of June Shannon when she was 17.
“Anna has had a very sordid relationship with her mother throughout her life and went various periods of time without speaking to her.
“Likewise, June’s presence in the minor child’s life has been inconsistent,” he said in the documents.
Michael also argued that he has, and still is, paying for Kaitlyn’s schooling.
It appeared from the filing that June was served the papers on Sunday, December 17.
On December 9, June revealed that her eldest daughter Anna, also known as “Chickadee,” lost her battle with stage 4 adrenal cancer.
On December 13, The U.S. Sun shared exclusive photos outside of White Columns Funeral Home in Georgia, where Anna’s funeral was held.
June cried alongside daughters Alana “Honey Bo Boo” Thompson, 18, and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird, 23.